John Lobb Bootmaker Ltd.Established 1866
Founded in 1866 by John Lobb, John Lobb Bootmaker Ltd. is a manufacturer of luxury shoes and boots for men. In 1902 they opened a branch in Paris, which was acquired in 1976 by the Hermès Group. The bespoke workshop at 9 St James’s Street still remains family-owned and continues to operate independently. Famous clients of John Lobb include Prince Charles, Andy Warhol, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Duke Ellington and David Niven.
Half brogue (or semi-brogue) shoes have a toe cap with decorative perforations in the center of the toe cap. The half brogue was first designed in 1937 by John Lobb Ltd., who wanted to offer a more stylish alternative to a plain oxford, yet not as casual as a full brogue. Pictured above is the John lobb Saunton, which is part of John Lobb Paris’ ready-to-wear collection.
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